The Q&A Archives: Fruiting Of A Nagami Kumquat

Question: I live in Central Ontario Canada. I have bought one of your plants called Nagami Kumquat. I would like to know when this plant will fruit, as It has no sign of any. I bought it about a month ago with an orange tree and its loaded with fruit. I am keeping them in full sun outdoors right now, but I guess it has to be taken indoors in the fall. It will be kept in a south view window for the
winter. Do I have to plant it in the garden for the summer?
It seems very healthy.

Answer: Citrus trees can be rather exacting in their cultural requirements. Lack of fruit set can be due to not enough sunshine, over- or under-watering, or fertilizing problems. Citrus need all day sunshine and are tolerant of a wide range of soil types, as long as the soil is well-draining. They need a constant source of moisture, but it's important not to let the soil get too soggy. Soil that is saturated and then allowed to dry out will affect the performance of your kumquat. All citrus demands high nitrogen levels and should be fed frequently. Choose a fertilzer manufactured specifically for citrus, then read and apply according to fertilizer label directions. If you follow the above guidelines, your kumquat should begin flowering and setting fruit for you.

You definitely need to winter your citrus trees over indoors. A bright, sunny window is best. If you can't provide natural sunlight during the winter months, supplement what sunshine you do get with artificial lighting. Best wishes with your kumquat!

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